Herald Managing Editor Jamie Patterson won the Bill Minor Award for Best General News Coverage Saturday, topping all Mississippi weekly newspapers.
The Yazoo Herald won a dozen awards in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, including seven first place awards. The awards were presented at the MPA’s annual newspaper convention in Biloxi.
In addition to the Bill Minor Award, Jamie Patterson also won first place awards for Best General News Story, Best General News Photo and Best General Interest Column. She also won second place awards for Best Feature Story and Best Sports News Story.
This year marks the second time Jamie Patterson has won a Bill Minor Award. She and Jason Patterson won the Bill Minor Award for Best Investigative/In Depth Coverage over all newspapers in the state in 2011.
Herald Publisher Jason Patterson won first place awards for Best Sports News Story, Best Sports Action Photo, Best Personality Portrait and Best Lead. He also won a second place award for Best Editorials.
Former Herald Sports Editor Taylor Hawkins won a third place award for Best Sports Feature.
“It’s always rewarding to see how our paper stacks up against other newspapers around the state, but it was particularly satisfying to see Jamie earn the Bill Minor Award,” said Jason Patterson. “That is quite an honor, and it’s a testament to her hard work and talent that a small paper like ours can compete against larger organizations. It motivates us to continue doing all that we can to provide our community with the best newspaper we possibly can.”